Stephanie Psaki joined the Population Council in 2013 and conducts research on girls’ education. Research shows that when girls are educated they benefit throughout their lives and they share those benefits with their families and communities. Because of the importance of this investment, the Council places a high priority on research and program development related to girls’ education. Psaki’s work includes evaluating what works to improve the quality of girls’ education and to maximize the benefits of education to girls and their communities, as well as ensuring that high-quality evidence is used to shape programs.
Before joining the Council, Psaki worked in the Gender Department at FHI 360, providing technical assistance on girls’ education programs and supporting efforts to integrate gender into FHI 360’s programs and research. Earlier she worked at the Fogarty International Center at the NIH on an eight-country child health study. As a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, she worked on Advance Family Planning, an advocacy project to expand access to quality family planning services globally.
Psaki is a member of the Population Association of America and received the Family Planning Fellowship (2011–2012) and the Edward J. Dehne Award in Population Dynamics (2012–2013) during her doctoral studies. She holds a PhD in women’s health and demography from Johns Hopkins University, and an MS in population and international health from Harvard University.